Algeria consists of a vast expanse of the Sahara desert, with a coastal ribbon of cities in the north. It is the biggest country in Africa. More than 160,000 people were killed in a brutal civil war in the 90s, and the country is beset with security issues today, with frequent terrorist attacks. The UK Foreign Office advises against all but essential travel to large parts of the country, particularly the border areas.

The Ahaggar Mountains are a popular highland area and national park deep in the the desert. The M'Zab plateau, in the desert south of Laghoua, has a collection of towns with spectacular architecture.


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Why you should go:

You love the desert.

Why you shouldn't:

Kidnappings in the region are too frequent an occurrence.

Map of Algeria